Hand-Crafted, Modified or Rebuilt Vehicle

Rebuilt Vehicle


This is the procedure you must follow to put a rebuilt vehicle back on the road.

To put a rebuilt vehicle back on the road, there is a multi-stage procedure you must follow, including a technical appraisal and a mechanical inspection. Only then can the vehicle be declared road-ready.

The following rebuilt vehicles do not have to be approved before they are put back on the road:

  • a tool vehicleA road vehicle, other than a vehicle mounted on a truck chassis, designed to perform a task and having a workstation integrated into the cab. A truck chassis is a frame fitted with the mechanical components found on a vehicle made for the transportation of passengers, freight or equipment.
  • a trailer with a net weightWeight of the vehicle and the equipment permanently attached to it, excluding the weight of its load. of 900 kg or less
  • a farm tractor A tractor equipped with tires that is usually used for farm purposes, may or may not be authorized for road use and belongs to a person or corporation that owns or leases a farm and has farming as its primary occupation or is a member of an association certified under the Farm Producers Act.
  • a snowblowerA road vehicle with a net weight of more than 900 kg, equipped with a mechanical blower to remove snow.
Useful information

Rebuilt vehicle from outside Québec

The buyer must have the vehicle inspected at a mechanical inspection centre to obtain:

  • a technical compliance certificate
  • a valid mechanical inspection certificate

1 Preparation of the rebuilding record

In order to drive on the road with a vehicle that has been rebuilt after being severely damaged in an accident, you must prepare a rebuilding record.

Contents of the rebuilding record

Names and addresses

  • The vehicle's owner
  • The insurer of the vehicle (include the claim number assigned by the insurer)
  • The person rebuilding the vehicle

Characteristics of the vehicle and information about its rebuilding

  • The vehicle's year, make, model and vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • A list of the main components and safety equipment used, including the name of the supplier, the date of purchase and the VIN of the vehicle they were taken from (if the principal component employed is a used part)
  • Invoices for the principal components used, including the name of the supplier, the date of purchase and the VIN of the vehicle they were taken from (if the principal component employed is a used part)
  • The invoice for the wrecked vehicle and its VIN
  • The insurer's estimate of the repairs required

Photos of the vehicle

  • 4 colour photos taken before the repairs showing the front, rear and both sides of the vehicle
  • 1 colour photo taken when the vehicle is on the frame alignment bench

2 certificates

  • A certificate showing that:
    • the wheel alignment meets the manufacturer's standards
    • the rebuilt vehicle's VIN and the name and address of the person who issued the certificate are accurate
  • A certificate showing that the documents and information provided are true

You will need the rebuilding record for the technical appraisal at the mechanical inspection centre.

Useful information

From now on, the alignment certificate must be an alignment report showing that the wheel alignment meets the manufacturer’s specifications. This report must be dated and signed by the mechanic who carried out the alignment and contain the following information: the vehicle’s year, make, model and VIN, the manufacturer’s specifications and the results of the alignment.

The alignment results must be within the standard ranges specified by the manufacturer for each measure; otherwise, the report will be refused.

2 Technical appraisal

When the rebuilding file is compete, you must:

On the day of the appraisal, you must present the rebuilding record. The appraisal is at your own expense.

Useful information

Make sure that…

  • The vehicle's assembly joints are accessible for inspection.
  • No sealant, soundproofing or rustproofing compound has been applied to the underside of the vehicle.

Phone us...

To find out the requirements for replacement of the following safety equipment:

  • air bags
  • electronic air bag control modules
  • seat belts with pretensionersA device that tightens a seat belt as soon as an impact occurs, thereby rendering the seat belt immediately effective.

If the vehicle is road-ready

The mechanical inspection centre will issue you a technical compliance certificate if the vehicle meets building standards recognized by the automotive industry for:

  • its structure (appropriate repair or rebuilding work, such as welding)
  • its dimensions (manufacturer's standards)

You will be required to present the technical appraisal report at the mechanical inspection.

If the vehicle is not road-ready

It must be presented for another technical appraisal as soon as you have made the required corrections.

3 Mechanical inspection

If, after the technical appraisal, the rebuilt vehicle is declared to be in compliance with the standards, you must present it for mechanical inspection.

For the inspection, you must make an appointment at a mechanical inspection centre. The inspection is at your own expense.

If the vehicle meets the safety standards for road vehicles, the mechanical inspection centre will issue you a valid mechanical inspection certificate.

You will need the certificate to put the vehicle back on the road.

4 Putting the vehicle back on the road

To put the vehicle back on the road, you will need:

  • a technical appraisal certificate
  • a valid mechanical inspection certificate

Before registering the vehicle

The rebuilt vehicle cannot be registered if…

  • You have an unpaid fine for an offence under the Highway Safety Code or a municipal traffic or parking bylaw.
  • You have been convicted of a repeat offence for impaired driving or a hit-and-run.

When registering the vehicle

Documents required

You must present:

  • your driver's licence or another official photo ID document
  • a valid mechanical inspection certificate
  • technical compliance certificate

Other documents may be required depending on the type of rebuilt vehicle and how you use it.

If you are under age 18

You must also present the Consent of a Person Having Parental Authority (PDF, 103 KB) form completed by your father, mother or legal guardian.

If you do not have a driver's licence

Phone us to find out what documents will be required for you to put the vehicle back on the road.

If you cannot come to the service outlet in person

The person who goes to the service outlet for you must bring the original of the Power of Attorney (PDF, 905 KB) form completed by you.

Costs and payment

Payment methods

At our service outlets, we accept payment:

  • in cash
  • by Interac (debit card)—not available in some service outlets
  • by one or more pre-authorized debits (a cheque specimen must be provided)
  • by cheque or money order

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Payment of the GST and QST

You may not be required to pay the GST and QST when you register your vehicle.

For more information, phone Revenu Québec.

The cost of registration will be higher…

If the vehicle is a luxury vehicle

A passenger vehicle or a commercial vehicle is considered a luxury vehicle if it meets the following 3 criteria:

  • it has a value of more than $40,000
  • it has a net weight of 3,000 kg or less
  • it is less than 7 years old

In such a case, a surcharge is added to the registration fee equal to 1% of the portion of the vehicle's value over $40,000.

If it is a large-cylinder capacity vehicle

A passenger vehicle, motor home or commercial vehicle is considered to be a large-cylinder capacity vehicle if:

  • it has a cylinder capacity of 3.95 litres or more


  • it was manufactured in or after 1995

No surcharge is added to the registration fee for the following large-cylinder capacity vehicles:

  • a vehicle adapted for transporting a wheelchair-bound person
  • a minibus for a large family (9 or more persons living in the same household)
  • a taxi
  • a vehicle used by a driving school
If you live in one of these places
  • An area served by public transit
  • The Montréal agglomeration


Mandatory private insurance coverage

You must have a civil liability insurance policy contracted from a private insurer providing minimum coverage of $50,000.

If you are not insured and you are pulled over by the police or involved in a traffic accident that causes more than $500 in damage to the property of another party:

  • your driver's licence or your right to obtain one could be suspended
  • all of your vehicles may be prohibited from road use
  • you will be assessed a fine that varies depending on the type of vehicle

Road use with the rebuilt vehicle

Even if the rebuilt vehicle is already in use on the road, a police officer or a carrier enforcement officer may require you to correct certain irregularities in the vehicle. If the irregularities are not corrected within the stipulated deadline, the vehicle will be prohibited from road use.